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Dr. Fiona Coyle

Cesagen Research Associate


029 2087 0137






6 Museum Place


Fiona Coyle obtained a BA in Geography from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1993 before completing a PGCE in further and higher education at Cardiff University. She then moved to Canada to complete an MA in Literary Geography at York University in 1996. Fiona then went on to specialise in the Geography of Health and Healthcare for her Ph.D. at Carleton University, which focused upon Environmental Illness, safe space, embodiment and complexity theory. She graduated in 2002 and moved to Lincoln University, near Christchurch in New Zealand to take up a postdoctoral fellowship. This focused upon 'The fate of biotechnology', with particular reference to the influence of perceptions of nature, spiritual beliefs and New Zealand’s 'clean green image' on how the 'public' understood novel biotechnologies. Fiona then returned to the UK and in September 2006 joined CESAGen as a Research Associate. She will be working on a project in the Stem Cells CBAR programme entitled Comparative analyses of 'Public Discourse' and 'Discourses about the Public' in relation to Stem Cell Research.


  • Coyle, F. (2006) "Posthuman geographies? Biotechnology, nature and the demise of the autonomous human subject". Social and Cultural Geography 7:4, 505-523.
  • Coyle, F. and Fairweather, J. (2005a) "Space, time and nature: exploring the public reception of biotechnology in New Zealand". Public Understanding of Science 14:2, 143-161.
  • Coyle, F. and Fairweather, J. (2005b) "Challenging a place myth: New Zealand’s clean green image meets the biotechnology revolution". AREA 37:2, 148-158.
  • Coyle, F. (2004) "'Safe space' as counter-space: women, environmental illness and 'corporeal chaos'". The Canadian Geographer 48:1, 61-74.
  • Coyle, F. (2001) "A Third Space? Postcolonial Australia and the fractal landscape, as envisioned in the novels of Janette Turner Hospital". In P. Simpson-Housley and J. S. Scott (eds) Mapping the Sacred: religion, geography and postcolonial literatures (Amsterdam:Rodopi).

Research Interests

  • technoscience
  • public understandings of science and nature c
  • omplex systems
  • social theory (Virilio, Bakhtin)
  • posthumanism
  • safe space, environmental health and literary geography